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Kia Niro PHEV unlikely to return

Kia Australia is “very happy” with local reception to the new-generation Niro crossover, but the plug-in hybrid version isn’t likely to rejoin the Australian range.

Kia’s local chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, told CarExpert he’s pleased with current volumes of the new Niro – and the Niro Plus purpose built vehicle (PBV) – but stopped short of indicated a return of the Niro Plug-in Hybrid.

“We’re very happy with the numbers we’re doing,” Mr Meredith said.

“[But] will we bring back Niro Plug-in Hybrid, probably not.”

Mr Meredith added that the original indicated figure of 100-150 units per month of the new Niro across both Hybrid (HEV) and EV models remains accurate for our market.

“It’s about that, yeah,” he said.

General manager of product planning, Roland Rivero, also reiterated the fact tight supply in Australia is largely down to the priority given to global markets with


Ora Good Cat EV launched in Malaysia – 400 km range for RM140k, 500 km for RM170k; 8 yr battery warranty

The Great Wall Motors (GWM) Ora Good Cat electric hatchback finally gets its official Malaysian market launch today, following the opening of order books two weeks ago and having collected more than 100 bookings on the opening weekend. In Europe earlier this year, this car was launched as the Funky Cat.

The Ora Good Cat arrives in Malaysia with two battery capacity specifications in two trim level variants – the 400 Pro and the 500 Ultra, priced from RM139,800 on-the-road, without insurance for the 400 Pro, and RM169,800 for the 500 Ultra.

Both trim levels feature the same powertrain configuration, which is a single electric motor producing 143 PS and 210 Nm of torque driving the front wheels. The 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 7.9 seconds and top speed is 152 km/h, according to Great Wall Motors.

GWM Ora Good Cat specifications list – click to enlarge

The 400


Volkswagen Amarok: Final first-gen Walkinshaw special hits the road

Volkswagen and Walkinshaw’s fettled first-generation Amarok ute has officially reached the end of the road.

The 2600th example of the W-Series Amarok this week rolled off the production line in Clayton, Victoria, ahead of the next-generation Amarok’s arrival Down Under early in 2023.

The final car was a W580SE, of which 99 were produced.

In total, Volkswagen and Walkinshaw produced 1419 examples of the W580S, 458 of the W580, 599 of the W580X, 99 of the W580SE, and 25 pilot and development cars.

Although they haven’t confirmed the partnership will live on into a new generation, Volkswagen and Walkinshaw have signalled their interest in doing a version of the second-generation Amarok.

“This relationship has been hugely successful,” Volkswagen Commercial Australia director Ryan Davies has previously told CarExpert.

“[Walkinshaw is] a great partner to deal with, there’s a lot of mutual respect, and I think we can definitely make something


RON97 petrol price November 2022 week four update – price of premium fuel stays unchanged at RM3.95/litre

Another Wednesday, and so it’s time for the usual weekly fuel pricing update, with the ministry of finance having announced the retail price of fuels for the coming week of November 24 to November 30.

As it has been for a while, there is no change to the price of RON 97 petrol, which continues at the RM3.95 per litre it was at last week. Indeed, it is now heading into the eighth week that the premium fuel has remained priced as such, from when its price dropped five sen from RM4 per litre on October 6.

Of course, RON 95 petrol remains at its ceiling price of RM2.05 per litre, as set by the Malaysian government in February last year. No change either to the prices of diesel fuels, where the Euro 5 B10 and B20 grades continue at RM2.15 per litre, and the Euro 5 B7 blend continues


What To Know When Buying A Used Car

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While some merely don’t seek assist from used car dealership services online for the simple reason that they can never purchase a automotive with out test driving it. This is one of the largest misconceptions that is still preserving numerous people unaware of the benefits of an internet automotive finder The net plays an vital position to find and short listing the automobiles that fit your requirements …


Why isn’t Toyota bringing the sleek new Prius to Australia?

OPINION: Imagine my surprise at seeing the new-generation Toyota Prius when it was revealed this week.

The world’s biggest car company fretted over how to reinvent its hybrid icon in an era defined by full-electric vehicles, settling on giving it some newfound panache.

It looks great – sleek, stylish and entirely unlike what we’ve come to expect from Toyota’s longstanding eco leader. A new lease on life, as it were.

The old model was all creases and weird proportions, while multiple earlier generations were perhaps less awkward but also more boring, which is worse.

And yet it’s this latest version, which has me all starry-eyed, that will be the first Prius Toyota won’t sell in Australia.

In making this decision, it took the wrong lesson from the old model’s failure to resonate, and pulled the pin at precisely the wrong time.

It’s true that Prius sales plummeted of late,


Izera to build electric cars using Geely SEA EV platform – Poland’s national car

Geely has announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with ElectroMobility Poland to supply its Geely Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) platform to EMP to develop a series of electric cars for EMP’s new Izera brand. Geely will also be EMP’s technology partner for the project.

EMP is backed by the Polish government and essentially Izera will be Poland’s first domestic brand in generations. EMP’s website says Poland is the largest European sales market for new cars without its own homegrown car brand so the Izera brand can be a catalyst for the development of Polish auto part and component manufacturers. Sounds very familiar, doesn’t it? Without a domestic brand currently, the auto parts industry is already the second largest industrial sector in Poland.

The first car that Izera will be developing on the SEA platform is of course a compact SUV, which is one of the most popular bodytypes


Is Magnetic Power A Viable Power Supply?

Ans: Convey the surplus fluid amassed in compression chamber to the reservoir after brakes are released.

This method is so efficient and saves a lot money and time. The use of this technique permits for a steady work stream and extra time on job by labourers. Employees being on the same station for a long amount of time permits for specialisation in meeting line sections which results in less waste and a better quality of the tip product, being the Holden car.

This disparity in consideration between airplane crashes and car crashes can’t be justified by their relative dying tolls. Quite the opposite: Within the 14 years following the terrorist assaults of 9/11, there have been eight crashes on American soil of passenger planes operated by regional, nationwide, or worldwide carriers. The demise toll in those crashes totaled 442. That averages out to fewer than three fatalities a month.

Pollution …